Croydon Local Plan – Public Hearing Guidance Notes

Councillor Jason Perry, the Conservative Spokesman for Economic Development, Regeneration & Planning has circulated the following notes as follow-up to the meeting of resident associations with him and Tim Pollard on 8 March about the forthcoming Public Hearing into the Croydon Local Plan (Partial Review). I have added sub-headings.

Hearing Dates

The Hearing Sessions are expected to commence at 10am each day.

Confirmed dates are:

Tuesday 16th May

Wednesday 17th May

Friday 19th May morning only

Tuesday 23rd May- Thursday 25th May inclusive

Friday 26th May – morning only

Tuesday 30th May- Thursday 1st June inclusive

Friday 2 June – morning only.

at the Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1AE.

Matters and issues to be discussed

The Appointed Planning Inspector, Paul Clark MA, MRTPI, MCMI will confirm as the examination progresses the ‘Matters and Issues’ of the Croydon Local Plans for discussion at the Hearing sessions, if not resolved in writing before then.

He will group his concerns and the representation made by others into themes for discussion at the Hearing sessions. A further briefing note will be sent nearer the time to those the Inspector invites to participate in any hearing session.

Independent Programme Officer

The independent Programme Officer who is managing the Examination on the Inspector’s behalf has sent a letter of introduction, with contact details, to those who submitted a duly made representation.

Throughout the examination and the period leading up to it all correspondence with the appointed planning inspector or regarding administrative or procedural matters should be made through the Programme Officer. The contact details of the Programme Officer are set out below:

Chris Banks
c/o Banks Solutions
64 Lavinia Way
East Preston
West Sussex
BN16 1EF

bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

Tel: 07817 322750 or 01903 783722

Council documentation provided

The Council is required to make a number of documents available. These documents are:

  • The Local Plan documents themselves;
  • The Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Plan documents;
  • The Policies Map accompanying the Local Plan documents;
  • A Statement of Participation;
  • All representations received on the Proposed Submission drafts of the Local Plan documents; and
  • The supporting evidence used to prepare the Local Plan documents.

All of the above documents (with the exception of the representations received on the Proposed Submission drafts of the Local Plan documents) are available to view as follows:

On the Council’s website at

www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/framework/localplan/croydon-local-plan-examination/croydon-local-plan-examination;

Paper copies are available at the Council’s offices at Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon. 9.00am-4.00pm (Monday to Friday); and

Electronic copies are available at each of the borough’s libraries including Upper Norwood Library.

Alternative formats of the document are available on request at ldf@croydongov.uk or 020 8726 6000 or 020 8407 1385.

Representations documentation

The representations on the Proposed Submission drafts of the Local Plan documents will be made available in the same locations at a later date. They are currently being redacted to remove all personal contact details.

This is expected to be completed in March 2017. In the meantime a summary of representations received on both Local Plan documents is available to view at each of the locations detailed above.

Information updating

Details of the examination programme and matters to be considered will be published on the Council’s website when they are available. The programme and matters to be considered are determined by the appointed planning inspector.

The Inspector has issued his own guidance notes, which is also on the Council site.

Inspector’s questions to-date

To date the Inspector has submitted 112 questions to the Council, and these are on the website. The council’s responses will also be published online in the next couple of weeks.

Some examples of questions are:

Q108 Representation 5909 is one of a large number of identical representations on this site.  It includes six bullet points.  I would appreciate early advice of the Council’s response to each of these bullet points. In responding to the last of the six bullet points, would the Council please provide me with a copy of the relevant extract from the South London Waste Plan and advise me of the Plan’s current status and whether the reason why its allocation was made in that plan is still valid and justified.

Q110 Would the council please direct me to those parts of the evidence base which justify the selection of the areas designated as Zones of Intensification?

Q111 In the light of comments made in representation 10040 (AFA Planning Consultants for Inglewood Estate), would the Council please direct me to those parts of the evidence base which demonstrate the feasibility of achieving intensification in each of the areas proposed as Zones of Intensification?

The responses to all the questions will inform the Matters and Issues.

There will be the opportunity to comment on the Matters and Issues, as long as the information provided is materially different or additional, ie, the Inspector is lacking vital information that will inform his decision.

Hearings Agenda Publication

The Hearings Agenda will be issued approximately 7 days before the public sessions.

Treatment of pro-forma submissions

There are currently 16 standard representations (ie, pro-forma submissions) for which the Inspector will be seeking lead contacts for the hearing.

There are approximately 1300 representations for CLP1.1 and 3000 for CLP2.

Inspector’s Choice as to what will be discussed

This is the Inspector’s hearing and as such he will decide who he calls.

If the Inspector feels he has enough information on a particular issue he may decide not to take further verbal representations on that issue.

It is anticipated that the Inspector will look at legalities, then policies and then sites, so it is likely that those wishing to contribute to the Public Hearing will need to be available over several days.

Inspector’s Questions

The number of Questions submitted by the Inspector has now reached has now reached 115. Jason Perry has highlighted some of the issues raised by the Inspector’s questions. Others include:

Question 45 & 46 on design issues

Question 98  on sustainability

Question 107 on heritage assets

Question 115 on adequacy of infrastructure provision

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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